Young signed a minor-league deal with the Padres that includes an invitation to spring training, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Like Tyson Ross, who is also returning to San Diego, Young will get a chance to make the big-league rotation this spring. The Padres are looking for innings while they carefully monitor how much their young pitchers throw in a non-competitive season. The 38-year-old righty has logged MLB earned run averages over 6.00 in each of the last two seasons.
Young was released by the Royals on Saturday. Young was designated for assignment earlier in the week before ultimately being let go after compiling an unsightly 7.50 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 22:14 K:BB across 30 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season. He could catch on elsewhere as a free agent given his prior big-league experience, but he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he ends up.
Young was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday. Following the team's signing of reliever Neftali Feliz, Davis lost his spot with the team and was subsequently taken off the 40-man roster. During 14 appearances with Kansas City this season, the 38-year-old accumulated a 7.50 ERA and 2.03 WHIP with 22 strikeouts over 30 innings. He hasn't been a viable fantasy option this season, and may not get another chance with a different organization.
Young dealt three scoreless innings in relief Wednesday, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two against Detroit. The 38-year-old, back in a long-relief role, looked much better than he had as a starter earlier in the month. Young's 3.86 ERA working out of the bullpen suggests he's been a decent option from there; however, the righty's ugly 4.33 FIP is more indicative of his performance. Overall, Young offers very little value across the fantasy landscape.
Young was knocked around over 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday. The veteran surrendered two home runs, the second of which ended Young's start after just 64 pitches. Through nine games (two starts) this season, the 37-year-old right owns a brutal 7.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over 17.1 innings. Even if the Royals do need another spot start next week, Young most certainly has pitched himself out of contention for the job. He's really struggled to provide any value on a team that has major roster decisions looming. Whether Young even finishes the year with the Royals is a legitimate question at this point.